Lenze Kuiper, Director
Lenze is the Director of the Oldman River Regional Services Commission. Originally from Huntsville, in the Muskoka area of Ontario (but now a proud Westerner) Lenze brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Environmental Studies (Geography, Planning, Ecology, GIS), he taught Outdoor Education with the Waterloo Board of Education, and later with the North York Board of Education in Toronto. In 1987, he moved to Calgary where he found employment with Alberta Recreation & Parks, as a Parks Planner. His responsibilities included providing advice and recommendations to various Alberta community parks, campgrounds, golf courses and ski hills participating in the MR/TA Grant Program. Subsequent employment as Executive Director of the Calgary Canoe Club and as a Principal Consultant with his own Resource Planning and Land-Use firm provided him with the business and management skills necessary to lead diverse groups.
In 1995, Lenze accepted a position with the British Columbia Forest Service in 100 Mile House as a Land Information Planner and later as a Natural Resources Planner and then with the Town of Taber as the Director of Planning & Economic Development. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Southern Alberta Food Processing Initiative Consortium (SAFPIC), and an advisor/representative to the Steering Committee instrumental in setting up SouthGrow – A Regional Partnership. Currently he is president elect of Economic Development Lethbridge and sits on the Advisory Committee of AACIP South.
Administration Support Staff
Barb Johnson, Executive Secretary
Barb began working at the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission in 1975 after completing two years of accounting and secretarial training at Brigham Young University. She has been with the organization through two subsequent name changes, four different Directors and has held the positions of Secretary/Receptionist, Planning Assistant, and Executive Secretary (since 1994). In addition to various general office duties, Barb is responsible for maintenance of the Commission’s documents (e.g. Land Use Bylaws, Municipal Development Plans, etc.) and is Secretary of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Sherry Johnson, Bookkeeper
Sherry is the Bookkeeper and has been with ORRSC for over 27 years. Sherry’s duties include preparing the financial statements, administering the payroll and staff benefits, accounts payable, accounts receivable and purchasing office supplies. She has a Business Administration Year II Diploma from Letbridge Community College and a Local Government Studies Certificate from the University of Alberta.